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frequently asked questions about the uga honors program

What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted into the Morehead Honors College?

Where can I find information on the credit I will receive for my AP, IB, or SAT II subject tests?

Does the Morehead Honors College offer any scholarships?

Where can I find information pertaining to undergraduate research within the Morehead Honors College?

What is the Morehead Honors College’s policy on students who are Joint Enrolled or Advanced Enrolled at UGA?

Is there a residence hall for Honors students?

What are the requirements to graduate from the Morehead Honors College at UGA?

What are the differences between Honors sections and traditional course sections at UGA?

What is the policy on taking graduate-level courses while in Honors?

There isn't an Honors Information Session available on the date that I want to visit. What do I do?

During my visit to UGA, I would like to sit in on an Honors class. Is that an option?

What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted into the Morehead Honors College?

The Morehead Honors College follows the same basic criteria that the university evaluates when granting admission. Rigor of the high school curriculum, high school grade point average, and standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) are all basic factors considered in Honors admission.

To improve your chances with regard to Honors admission, we suggest a challenging schedule of high school classes including Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. We evaluate transcripts and students based on the number of challenging courses they took compared to the number that were offered at their high school. Weighted grade point averages are taken into consideration, with specific emphasis on the core classes taken during high school.  Honors looks at SAT scores on the 1600 scale.

For more information on the average SAT/ACT scores and GPA for Honors admission, visit the First-Year Profile page.

Where can I find information on the credit I will receive for my AP, IB, or SAT II subject tests?

The Office of the Registrar keeps an updated list of the credits awarded for College Board AP, International Baccalaureate, and SAT II tests. See their Credit from Testing web page for details.

Questions about credit from testing should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Does the Morehead Honors College offer any scholarships?

The Morehead Honors College is proud to offer two academic scholarships for our students including the Foundation Fellowship and the CURO Honors Scholarship.

Where can I find information about undergraduate research?

Housed within the Morehead Honors College, the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) promotes opportunities for all undergraduate students at UGA to engage in research with premier research faculty.

What is Honors' policy on students who are Joint Enrolled or Advanced Enrolled at UGA?

  • Students will be treated with a high school senior status.

  • Students will be eligible to apply for the Foundation Fellowship just as any other high school senior, and must comply with the deadlines as such.

  • Students with either status must complete the Honors application to be considered for the Morehead Honors College, and will be eligible to take Honors classes, if accepted, beginning in the term of matriculation (summer or fall) after their high school graduation.

  • Students with either status will be eligible to apply for entry during the first-year into Honors after their high school graduation, according to current policies for first-year students at UGA.

  • With regard to the policy on Honors classes:

    • Students with a Joint Enrolled or Advanced Enrolled status will not be eligible to take Honors classes until they have graduated from high school and have been accepted through the Honors application process to the Morehead Honors College.

    • Exceptions can be made through a written appeal to the dean of the Morehead Honors College and by special permission of the Faculty member teaching the requested Honors class.

Is there a residence hall for Honors students?

Myers Hall serves as the Honors magnet residence hall at UGA. This hall is home to 250 first-year Honors students, affording them the opportunity to live and study in a learning community of like-minded peers. An Honors satellite advising office is also located in Myers Hall.

For more detailed information about Myers Hall and other housing options for students, visit the University Housing website.

What are the requirements to graduate from the Morehead Honors College at UGA?

In addition to completing an Introduction to Honors course during the first semester in the college, students are expected to take a minimum of nine Honors sections and maintain a 3.4 average GPA during their time at UGA. More information is available here.

What is the difference between Honors sections and traditional course sections?

All courses at the university are taught by traditional UGA faculty. Three areas in which Honors students are likely to see differences within their Honors sections of courses are: smaller faculty to student ratios (average 1-17), more emphasis on discussion and group work instead of a lecture-based format within the classroom, and more academically enhanced courses due to a student’s contact with primary sources.

During my visit to UGA, I would like to sit in on an Honors class. Is that an option?

The Morehead Honors College does not set up individual class visits for prospective students. Each academic department and faculty member on campus has his or her own policy regarding visiting students and class observation.

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